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ActiveX

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ActiveX is a brand name referring to a set of Microsoft's technologies and services based on COM (Component Object Model) widely released in 1997.  On the Internet, ActiveX can be used with IE versions 3 and above and with Netscape Navigator though plug-ins.  ActiveX control is a COM object, written as a DLL in a programming language like Visual Basic, that follows ActiveX standards.  Once downloaded, ActiveX controls have a large degree of freedom, presenting a security risk.  ActiveX controls have to be digitally signed by their creator.  Major competitor to ActiveX controls are JavaBeans.  Some hosts support ActiveX server components for ASP.


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